RAFA BENITEZ

  • Benitez demands Napoli to improve defence April 14, 2014

    Rome: Napoli head coach Rafa Benitez urged his side to improve their defence following their 4-2 win over 10-man Lazio at home in Italian football league Serie A. Gonzalo Higuain scored his first Serie A hat-trick in a thriller where Lazio, though reduced to 10 three minutes after the break, threatened...
  • Top spot up for grab in Serie A as Roma host Napoli October 18, 2013

    Rome: It's one vs two in Serie A on Friday when Roma attempt to extend their sevenmatch winning streak against a Napoli squad that's only blemish is one draw. The match at the Stadio Olimpico was moved up a day to avoid clashing with a planned protest against a highspeed...
  • I want to coach Napoli after Benitez, saya Maradona October 17, 2013

    Milan: Diego Maradona would like to coach his former club Napoli. The Argentina great was in Milan on Thursday to promote a video series on his life with the Gazzetta dello Sport. He says "when (Rafa) Benitez leaves I would like to coach Napoli." Maradona led Napoli to its only two...
  • Wenger is the best manager in England, says Benitez October 1, 2013

    London: Arsene Wenger is the best coach in the Premier League, according to Rafa Benitez ahead of his Napoli side's Champions League clash with Arsenal later on Tuesday. Arsenal's long trophy drought is well documented but the Gunners have begun the new season in scintillating fashion and lead the Premier League...
  • Rafael Benitez not shocked by Napoli's draw with Sassuolo September 26, 2013

    Rome: Napoli manager Rafa Benitez said he was not shocked by his side's 11 draw with Sassuolo at home as the visitors played well. It was a match between Italian Serie A leaders and a team without a single point, and Napoli Wednesday shockingly failed to beat Sassuolo who lost to...
  • Napoli impress in Rafa Benitez's debut with 3-0 win August 26, 2013

    Rome: Last season's runner-up Napoli impressed in Rafa Benitez's debut on Sunday, comfortably beating Bologna 3-0 in their Serie A opener and immediately stating their intent to challenge two-time defending champion Juventus. After former Real Madrid forward Jose Maria Callejon put Napoli ahead in the 32nd, Marek Hamsik added goals in...
  • Benitez's Chelsea stint ends with a 53 loss to City May 26, 2013

    New York: After the final whistle of his 50th and final game with Chelsea, Rafa Benitez walked toward the visitors' dugout at Yankee Stadium, raised his left hand in a small acknowledgement to someone in the crowd and disappeared into the tunnel. "A lot of fans, they were supporting in...
  • Chelsea eye Spurs win for Champions League spot May 7, 2013

    England: Rafa Benitez can virtually wrap up part one of his mission at Chelsea by guiding the team to the cusp of the Champions League with a win over topfour rival Tottenham in the Premier League on Wednesday. The Spaniard is still unloved at Stamford Bridge but even the most ardent...
  • Unloved Rafa Benitez focused on Basel, not Mourinho May 1, 2013

    London: Continued speculation that Jose Mourinho is set to return to Chelsea "where people love me" cut little ice with interim manager Rafa Benitez who remains focused on guiding the London side to the Europa League final. Chelsea host FC Basel on Thursday holding a 21 lead from their semifinal first...
  • Benitez to continue rotating for Chelsea fixture frenzy April 17, 2013

    London: Rafa Benitez will continue to rotate his Chelsea players as they bid to deal with a fixture pileup and rebound from two consecutive defeats, the club's interim manager said on Tuesday. The Spaniard left out senior players John Terry and Frank Lampard for Sunday's FA Cup semifinal defeat by Manchester...
  • Vindication for Benitez with victory over United April 2, 2013

    London: After another weekend of cutting criticism, Chelsea's stopgap manager Rafa Benitez achieved a measure of vindication with Monday's FA Cup victory over Manchester United. Pilloried for resting players for Saturday's 21 Premier League defeat at Southampton, Chelsea's interim coach put all his Easter weekend eggs in one basket by...
  • Runaway leaders United eye another easy outing March 29, 2013

    London: With a 20th league title virtually in the bag and no more European distractions, Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson is challenging his side to push for a Premier League points record. United visit Sunderland on Saturday (1245) when victory would open up an 18point lead, at least until secondplaced Manchester...
  • Player-power has bred success at Chelsea, says goalkeeper Petr Cech March 4, 2013

    London: Chelsea's Petr Cech has defended his team-mates against accusations of player-power and said a vocal dressing room has bred success at the Premier League club. A training ground exchange between manager Rafael Benitez and captain John Terry in the wake of last week's 2-0 Premier League defeat at Manchester...
  • Benitez spared abuse as Chelsea win 1-0 March 2, 2013

    London: Demba Ba gave under-fire Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez some much-needed respite by scoring the winner in a 1-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, provisionally moving the team into third place in the Premier League. A toxic atmosphere had been expected at Stamford Bridge after Benitez's outburst on Wednesday,...
  • Chelsea manager Benitez denies row with his squad February 26, 2013

    London: Interim manager Rafael Benitez has denied having a training-ground row with the Chelsea squad although he said captain John Terry had shown his frustrations over the 2-0 defeat at Manchester City on Sunday. According to media reports, Benitez told the players on Monday their attitude had cost a series...
  • John Terry happy to fight for his place in team February 19, 2013

    London: John Terry is prepared to bide his time as he battles to win back a regular starting place, the Chelsea captain said on Tuesday following reports of a dressingroom bustup with interim manager Rafa Benitez. Terry has endured a difficult season, missing two months with a knee injury sustained...
  • Terry may return for Chelsea under21s this week January 8, 2013

    London: Chelsea captain John Terry, who has been out since November with a knee problem, could take his first step towards a first team comeback by featuring for the club's under21 team as an overage player this week. "He has been training and we are considering giving him some minutes in...
  • Chelsea look to extend winning run December 29, 2012

    London: Some astute tactical tinkering and the return to form of some key players has put Chelsea back in the Premier League title picture and helped interim manager Rafa Benitez in his quest to gain acceptance among the club's disgruntled fans. After a stodgy start to Benitez's reign, Chelsea have...
  • Rampaging Chelsea eye Norwich City demolition December 25, 2012

    London: Chelsea's freescoring form is slowly chipping away at the enmity towards new manager Rafa Benitez from the club's fans. The 80 demolition of Aston Villa on Sunday showcased Chelsea's attacking prowess, and dispelled some of the fears about the dour football Benitez could introduce after replacing Roberto Di Matteo at...
  • John Terry still sidelined by knee injury December 21, 2012

    London: Chelsea captain John Terry is doubtful for the club's busy holiday schedule after being ruled out of the Premier League trip to Aston Villa on Sunday. Terry injured his knee against Liverpool last month in his first game back after serving a fourgame ban and is still to feature...
  • Chelsea visit Leeds after Club World Cup loss December 18, 2012

    London: Having flown halfway around the world only to return home tired and trophyless from the Club World Cup in Japan, Chelsea's weary band of jetsetters are unlikely to be savouring a League Cup visit to Leeds United on Wednesday. A trip to Elland Road and Leeds was once an intimidating...
  • West Ham stun Chelsea 31 at home December 1, 2012

    London: Rafa Benitez's winless start as Chelsea manager worsened on Saturday as West Ham came from behind to beat their London rival 31 in the Premier League on Saturday. Juan Mata put Chelsea ahead in a fluent firsthalf performance, but the European champions collapsed after former striker Carlton Cole equalized...
  • Lampard and Cole to leave Chelsea, says Benitez November 24, 2012

    London: Chelsea's interim manager Rafa Benitez has said he expects the club's longserving England players Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season, British media reported on Saturday. Asked if it was the end of a glorious era for the pair who will be...
  • Benitez wants to prove point through Chelsea job November 23, 2012

    London: Chelsea's interim manager Rafael Benitez said the challenge of trying to win five trophies this season was too great an opportunity to turn down as he returned to the Premier League on Thursday. The 52yearold Spaniard, who left Liverpool at the end of the 200910 season and has replaced Roberto...
  • Rafa Benitez appointed as the new Chelsea manager November 22, 2012

    London: Chelsea have hired Rafa Benitez as interim manager until the end of the season, only hours after firing Roberto Di Matteo following the club's dip in form in the Premier League and Champions League title defense. The 52yearold Benitez becomes the ninth manager under Chelsea's Russian owner, Roman Abramovich, who...
  • Who next for Chelsea? Possible Contenders March 5, 2012

    London: Arguably the hottest of hot seats in soccer is vacant yet again after Chelsea's ruthless Russian owner Roman Abramovich removed Andre VillasBoas on Sunday. The callow Portuguese lasted just 256 days at Stamford Bridge before "the project", as he usually referred to the task of revitalising the west London club's...
  • Torres helps earn Liverpool victory over Man U October 26, 2009

    London: Liverpool lifted the gloom hanging over their season with a 20 victory over Premier League champions and fierce rivals Manchester United on Monday. Fernando Torres held off Rio Ferdinand to lash Liverpool in front after 65 minutes and David Ngog added a second goal in stoppage time to spark celebrations...
  • Liverpool gamble on 80 pc fit Torres pays off October 26, 2009

    Liverpool: Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez's gamble to play an "80 per cent" fit Fernando Torres paid off when the Spaniard got the first goal in a 20 win over Manchester United in the Premier League on Monday. Torres was still troubled by a groin injury that needed a painkilling injection and...
  • Gerrard could be future Reds boss: Benitez November 22, 2008

    New Delhi: Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has discussed Steven Gerrard's injury in the context of his forced withdrawal from Fabio Capello's England squad and spoken of the qualities of his captain, saying he could become Liverpool manager in the future. The Liverpool manager has praised Gerrard on the eve of...
  • Rafa the best I have worked for, says Torres November 11, 2008

    New Delhi: Liverpool striker Fernando Torres feels that current club coach Rafa Benitez is the best manager he has worked for. The star Spanish striker has worked under Javier Aguirre, Jose Murcia, Carlos Bianchi, Cesar Ferrando, and Gregorio Manzano at Atletico Madrid, and Vicente Del Bosque and Luis Aragones for the...